WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Summer 2015 – Best Book in SCIENCE FICTION
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by David Litwack
Here’s the set-up:
“But what are we without dreams?”
A thousand years ago the Darkness came—a terrible time of violence, fear, and social collapse when technology ran rampant. But the vicars of the Temple of Light brought peace, ushering in an era of blessed simplicity. For ten centuries they have kept the madness at bay with “temple magic,” and by eliminating forever the rush of progress that nearly caused the destruction of everything.
Childhood friends, Orah and Nathaniel, have always lived in the tiny village of Little Pond, longing for more from life but unwilling to challenge the rigid status quo. When their friend Thomas returns from the Temple after his “teaching”—the secret coming-of-age ritual that binds young men and women eternally to the Light—they barely recognize the broken and brooding young man the boy has become. Then when Orah is summoned as well, Nathaniel follows in a foolhardy attempt to save her.
In the prisons of Temple City, they discover a terrible secret that launches the three on a journey to find the forbidden keep, placing their lives in jeopardy, for a truth from the past awaits that threatens the foundation of the Temple. If they reveal that truth, they might once again release the potential of their people.
Yet they would also incur the Temple’s wrath as it is written: “If there comes among you a prophet saying, ‘Let us return to the darkness,’ you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the Light.”
★★★★★5-star Amazon review:
“When three young friends challenge a repressive regime, they set in motion changes that will shake their world. “The Seekers” underscores two themes: the power of friendship and the impace of individual courage in a world gone awry. The author deftly sketches the landscape (both geographic and personal) of the society in which his characters exist and teases his readers with the promise of a fuller life that is there for the taking.
Although the drama and pace of this book rival that of a thriller, THE SEEKERS poses a philosophical conundrum that can apply to any world. Who amongst us will cast aside a reasonably comfortable existence and risk death in order to pursue a dream?
Mr. Litwack presents us with this dilemma, wrapped around beautiful prose and dialogue. His protagonists are audacious yet likeable; heroic but very human. Readers of fantasy, science fiction and dystopian literature will find this book irresistible. As for the rest of us, the author proves that a strong tale, well told, will always thrill an audience of any description.”